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March 20, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: March 24, Craig Luksza, Jessica Locke; March 26, Don Raney.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Nathalie Snyder, owner of Lighthouse Therapeutic Massage, is proud to host Shanti Douglas for a 12 weeks educational weight loss program based on real food eating and lifestyle change. Shanti is an educator, stress management coach, and practitioner of whole life balance. 


The truth about sugar and fats, how to read a label, stress management, daily accountability and eating in combinations that work are just a few topics that will be covered on this highly successful program. A free, no obligation program overview will be presented on March 27th, at 6 pm at the office of Lighthouse Therapeutic Massage, 175 Barnstead Rd, Pittsfield. 


For more information call Shanti at 228-9007 or e-mail [email protected].



School Lunch Menus

March 25 - March 29, 2013




All American Lunch

Cheeseburger on a bun, lettuce, tomato and pickles, tater tots, pears



Everybody’s Fav

Chicken nuggets, dinner roll, glazed carrots, roasted turnips, peaches



Pasta Grande

Southwestern baked spaghetti, garlic bread, garden salad, fresh fruit



Cluck, Cluck

Chicken fajitas with the fixins’, seasoned rice, Mexicali corn, pineapple



Fresh Picks Pizza

Cheese pizza or chef’s topping, broccoli tops, carrots, mixed fruit




All American Lunch

Build your own burger, lettuce, tomato and pickles, tater tots, pears



Everybody’s Fav

Popcorn chicken, dinner roll, glazed carrots, roasted turnips, peaches



Pasta Grande

Luigi’s pasta bar with meat sauce, Alfredo or sausage pomodoro, garden salad, fresh fruit



Protein Packed

Chicken fajitas with the fixins’, seasoned rice, Mexicali corn, pineapple



Potassium Powered

Shepherd’s pie, fresh broccoli, warm bread, mixed fruit





Dear Pittsfield Residents:

The Master Plan Committee has gone through great effort to ensure that your views and concerns of Pittsfield are being heard. The survey that you received in the March 13th Suncook Valley Sun is the best way we could think of to gather information from you. If you haven’t completed the survey yet, we urge you to help the town by doing so. If you prefer, the survey is on the town’s website, you can fill it out there ( If you did not receive the survey, but want a copy, please contact the town office, 435-6773 ext. 3.


Thank you for helping Pittsfield plan for the future.



Ted Mitchell

Member, Master Plan Committee



Tickets On Sale Now For Pittsfield Police Association Fundraiser

Featuring Three Comics


The Pittsfield Police Association holds its biggest fundraiser of the year on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Dell-Lea Country Club on Pleasant Street in Chichester. Comics Ryan Gartley, Robbie Printz and Jay Grove will be on hand for the laughs.


Gartley has been doing stand-up for 9 years and is a Maine native. His brand of humor consists of making fun of the local yokels and family humor. He has opened for Jeff Dunham and Steven Wright. Printz is a Boston native with a thick accent. He says an accent is just another name for speech impediment. Printz’s performances focus on the everyday, including his hatred for motion sensor toilets and his love of his GPS. Grove boasts about his New Hampshire roots. “He has a knack for keeping hecklers at bay; anyone wondering who’s being paid to talk should try to interrupt one of his shows. On second thought, don’t.” (Taken from the Hippo Press 2010)


Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through any member of the Pittsfield Police Association as well as at the Pittsfield Police Station or by calling Jay Darrah at 425-7535. This event is for the 21+ crowd. There will be snacks available, a cash bar, appetizers for purchase and raffles.


The Pittsfield Police Association sponsors many events, charities and organizations in and around Pittsfield, focusing their attention on the youth of Pittsfield. Please support this worthy cause.



Suncook Valley Sno-Riders Poker Run Results


On the morning of February 23rd with light snowflakes in the air, the Suncook Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile club held a Poker Run beginning at the Youth Ball Field on Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield.  


The SVSR would like to thank the Suncook Valley Baseball and Soccer Association for manning their concession stand with breakfast sandwiches in the a.m. and hamburgers and hot dogs at lunchtime.  The food was great and very much appreciated. We thank you!


We would also like to thank the following businesses who contributed to our door prizes: Livingston’s, Pittsfield Sanels, Freedom Cycle of Concord, Owners of Danis Laundromat, Pittsfield Jitters, Pittsfield Town Pizza, Epsom McDonald’s, Epsom Subway, Shaws of Concord, Concord Osborne Agway and J n R Auto Repair of Pittsfield. Your donated prizes were an awesome addition to the event. We thank you all!


The Poker Run first prize winner was Vickie St. George, 2nd place was Jill Metcalf, 3rd place was Mark Kubat and worst hand went to Andy Osborne.  Congratulations!  


We mustn’t forget to thank club members who were stationed out on the trail. Some stood out in the cold for over 3 hours.  In fact, we want to thank every SVSR member who made the event a success, and we mustn’t forget our groomer drivers who made sure the trail was smooth beforehand for everyone. Take a bow!   Plans for next year are already brewing.  Thank you all!  



Educators In 18 U.S. States & Two Countries Join The VHS Collaborative


Sarah Carri at Pittsfield Middle High is now doing something she has never done before. That is teaching and/or administering online courses to students in other parts of the world so that kids at her school can participate in The VHS Collaborative, and have access to over 400 college prep courses per semester.


The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced that 64 additional educators representing 18 U.S. states and two countries, have started teaching or supporting VHS ( courses at their school. Having completed VHS’s graduate level NetCourse Instructional Methodologies (NIM) or Site Coordinator Orientation (SCO) course, these individuals have begun participating in the spring semester, which is presently in progress.


As a nonprofit collaborative of schools, VHS’ mission is to provide students with access to high quality online learning experiences and courses not offered at their school, while supporting educators with the professional development and services they need to provide an effective 21st century education to every student. VHS member schools have access to a range of collaborative core, elective, enrichment and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen learning. The courses enable students to develop digital literacies and independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, try interesting electives, earn credits, participate in global classrooms and get the opportunity to take advanced courses not offered at their school. Courses are taught by active classroom teachers who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, highly qualified, and certified in their subject areas.


VHS’s NetCourse Instructional Methodologies (NIM) program transforms traditional face-to-face classroom teachers into online instructors by introducing the pedagogy, methodology, and moderation techniques needed to effectively teach a VHS online course. Participants learn how to foster online community-building, facilitate project-based and collaborative learning, promote online dialogue, design activities and assessments that achieve learning objectives or outcomes and become comfortable with the Desire2Learn online course platform.


A requirement of each VHS member school, VHS site coordinators ensure the program runs smoothly at their school. All site coordinators complete the Site Coordinator Orientation (SCO) course, an online professional development program in which they learn how to recruit and register students for online courses, coordinate materials and resources, monitor progress, and help students stay on track.



The Pittsfield Youth Workshop

Through The Eyes Of Kids! (Past, Present And Future)



Submitted By Julie Shafer

Growing up I wasn’t popular, I wasn’t a very confident kid either. I never felt like I belonged anywhere. Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with myself. Moving to Pittsfield, I found out about the PYW and decided it sounded like a better place to hang out after school than with my sister. 


At PYW I found a safe haven, as I was one of the children who didn’t have it so easy at school. I found people who had time to sit down and help me with my homework, or listen to my problems (no matter how trivial). There was always someone willing to give a hand, listen, or teach me something. I gained confidence in myself, learned to believe that I was worth something, and found a kind of family, and most importantly, gained belief in myself; that I could do whatever I wanted if I put my mind to it (even if it was math homework). One thing that I am very proud of is learning to play the violin. Thanks, Heather. 


Without PYW I would have never had the confidence to join the Army, or go out in the world and see things. I never would have believed in myself. I would have told myself I couldn’t do it. But someone else did tell me I could do it, was always there insisting actually. 


The faces may have changed since my time, but they are still the most amazing individuals a youth could ask to have. I myself try to drop in and volunteer when I can, hoping some day, maybe I can be what I saw in the adults at the PYW when I was a youth.



Submitted By Nathaniel Jackson

I have been coming to the PYW since 6th grade, almost six years now. That I know of, I am the only one who comes to PYW who can remember it when it was on the corner of Depot Street. I like this building more because now I can go in the park and play basketball or do other outside activities. I am the president of the store board, and was the V.P. for two [years]. 


My favorite thing about PYW is the rock climbing trips and that this was the place I met my mentor for the Mentor program, Joe Suchomski. The PYW is a great place for kids to come after school.   



Submitted By Tyler

I am in 5th grade and PYW is like a boys and girls club, I think. The kids at PYW play a lot of activities and games. I’ve heard you can take cooking classes. I’ve been wanting to go to PYW since I was in 4th grade. I am really excited I can join in June. I will be a 6th grader then. I will be able to hang out with my friends inside where it is warmer. I think it will be awesome when I can go!





Dear Pittsfield Voters:

Thank you Pittsfield voters for your participation in the March 12 Town Meeting election.  Thank you for preserving our zoning ordinance and for resolving its frontage ambiguity. Thank you for preserving our elected Planning Board and for giving me the honor and privilege of continuing to serve on it.


Thank you, Dan Schroth and Linda Martin, for adding your energy and ideas to the democratic process.  Anyone who has ever run for elected office knows that running for elected office is a demanding and stressful undertaking.


Thank you to the many people who stopped to wish me luck in front of the town hall. You made waiting the long hours and anticipating the result bearable.


Thank you to my campaign helpers--the people who made the campaign success possible--for helping me with planning, guidance, and visibility.


Again, thank you to all,

Jim Pritchard



Doors, Doors, Doors…

The Pittsfield Players Tune Up For “Tenor"

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Kaylin Dean and Greg Parker  star in The Pittsfield Players’ production of the hilarious comedy,  Lend Me A Tenor April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13. Tickets are $12 and are available online at, by calling the box office at 435-8852 or at the door the nights of the performances at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH. “Like” The Pittsfield Players on facebook at


What is a Farce? Wikipedia defines farce as “In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant, and improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humor of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include word play, and a fast-paced plot whose speed usually increases, culminating in an ending which often involves an elaborate chase scene. Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the large number of plot twists and random events that often occur), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot in order to avoid becoming confused and overwhelmed. Farce is also characterized by physical humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized performances. Farces have been written for the stage and film. Furthermore, a farce is also often set in one particular location, where all events occur.”


Ingredients for a farce: Laughter, mistaken identities and doors. Bathroom doors, closet doors, hotel room doors, seven doors to be exact; doors that open and close; doors that slam shut, doors that fly open, doors hiding people and doors with no one behind them. The doors are not funny themselves, of course, but what they provide to the characters’ angst, confusion and frustration only increases the audiences laughter. The Pittsfield Players’ production of “Lend Me A Tenor” has the doors. They have the laughs, a superb cast, including a few divas, a couple of tenor-wannabes and a lot of innuendo; also completely necessary for a farce.


Mark your calendars now for “Lend Me a Tenor” April 5, 6, and 7, 11, 12 and 13. Once again The Pittsfield Players are online so our patrons can enjoy the ease of ordering tickets online again. Tickets will still be available by reservation through the box office as well, (603)435-8852. You can also visit the Pittsfield Players on facebook. “Lend Me A Tenor” has been rated PG-13 by The Pittsfield Players for adult themes.



PMHS First Semester Academic Awards


Prior to the February Break Pittsfield Middle High School recognized the students for their academic achievements during the first semester. Members of the Student Council presented their peers with honor roll certificates and other awards including the Bryce Paradise Community Award and the Student of the Month Award.


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Seniors Rebekah Adams (left) and Jillian Towle (right) present the

Bryce Paradise Community Award to Elizabeth Cyr.


The Bryce Paradise Community Award, which was first awarded during the 2010-2011 school year and named after its first recipient, is presented annually by the Student Council. The award is presented to a senior who best exhibits to the school’s pillars of community, respect, responsibility, and safety.  This year’s winner was Elizabeth Cyr.  She is a member of the school’s Site Council, teen mentor program, and a three-sport athlete.


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Sophomores Quinn Boyce (left) and Colby Clark (right) present the

Student of the Month Award to Ryan Marquis.


The Student of the Month Award is a new initiative to acknowledge the good character and citizenship of students.  The Student Council and Common Planning Time teams (made up of grade-level teachers) collaborate to choose the recipient. Sophomore Ryan Marquis earned the award for the month of February. Ryan is a member of the Site Council, class president, and a two-sport athlete.  


Common Planning Time team also recognized individuals with awards for Most Improved and Citizenship. Most Improved recipients included Cierra Pharr, Jamie Morasse, Emily Stephens, Josh Fraser, Krystal Small, and Jasmine Troughton. Citizenship Awards were presented to Tucker Wolfe, Savannah Godin, Jordan Paggi, Ryan Marquis, Sarah Adams, and Travis Guest. 



Celebrate Easter


What better way to celebrate this most joyous occasion  than by joining with friends old and new in a time of New Life praise amidst the Easter Lily bedecked Worship Center, followed by a free delectable brunch featuring egg bakes, pastries, and gourmet coffees.

Our Worship Team members (in alphabetical order) Micheal Allen, Linden Cram, Donna DeTrude, Pastor Randy DeTrude, Dorothy Hardy, and Dora Hill will be leading our lively time of praise.


The Advent Christian Church is Located at 68 Main St. (next to the Community Center) in downtown Pittsfield. Our special Easter service time will be 8:30 am allowing plenty of travel time with those who have Easter family get-togethers to attend.


Come, join the family, and Celebrate Jesus’s resurrection! For more information contact Pastor Jay at 435-8050.



Pittsfield Is Your Town

Submitted By Helen Schoppmeyer, Pittsfield Master Plan Committee


A survey for the Town of Pittsfield was enclosed in the last issue of The Suncook Valley Sun. If you have not already done so, please take the time to fill out this survey and return to the Town of Pittsfield.   For you computer savvy folks, the survey is also available on the Town of Pittsfield website at and can be filled out online.


The Pittsfield Master Plan Committee has prepared this survey so they can reflect your aspirations and ideas in the upcoming Master Plan. It is important that everyone of you are part of this document.  Your input is a valuable contribution to this process and the Master Plan Committee looks forward to an overwhelming response to this survey.




Brooklyn Elizabeth Bouchard


Brooklyn Elizabeth Bouchard, 6 month old daughter of Mathew and Stephanie (Barton) Bouchard, died Saturday, March 9, 2013 at home, surrounded by loving family and friends.


Brooklyn was a happy, free-spirited baby girl with bright blue eyes and a smile made for the world. She loved life and, even though hers was short, she enjoyed each day smiling, laughing, and playing. She got so much love from so many people. Brooklyn will forever be missed, but never ever be forgotten.


In addition to her parents of Loudon, Brooklyn is survived by siblings, Alexis Bouchard and Michael Bouchard; maternal grandparents, Keith Barton of Chichester, and Lynn Ann and Terry Perry of Pittsfield; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Vicki Bouchard of Concord; aunts and uncles, Christopher Bouchard and Jason Farrell of Concord, Marcy McIntyre and Michael Iannone of Revere, MA, and Anita and Kevin Russell of Barton, VT; as well as many other great aunts and uncles.


A memorial gathering was held for Brooklyn on Saturday, March 16th.


Donations may be made to or in Brooklyn’s name to help toward a cure for spinal muscular atrophy.


Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting








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